The ‘abrupt and brutal’ termination of Tesco’s contract with Kerry Foods has put hundreds of jobs at risk at the Burton-on-Trent site, Unite the union warned today (Wednesday 24 October).

The Tesco ready-made meals contract, due to end in June next year, accounts for 75 per cent of the production at the Mosley Street plant.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “Tesco has abruptly terminated the contract for Kerry Foods to supply ready-made meals for its supermarkets.

“The contract has run for 19 years with no complaint about the service quality and delivery, which makes the Tesco decision all the more brutal.

“Kerry Foods’ management is currently looking for new contracts to replace the business that will be lost.

“Over the last three years, more than £20 million has been invested in the Burton-on-Trent plant, making it one the most modern food production sites in the UK. This should give confidence to the workforce that new orders will be obtained.

“I would like to pay tribute to the employees who have continued to work to a high and dedicated standard, despite the very real worries they and their families must be experiencing during this period of great uncertainty.

“Unite will do all it can to work with management in the quest for new work at this premier site.”

Unite has about 460 members out of the 1,000-strong workforce at the Burton-on-Trent site.

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.